Saturday, May 16, 2009
The album "Layla, and Other Assorted Love Songs" (1970) by Derek and the Dominos is one of the high points of Eric Clapton's career. An interesting subtext runs through the band's appearance on the Johnny Cash Show in Nashville on November 5, 1970: the influence of American musical genres on English musicians such as Clapton. Cash introduces the song "She's Gone" with a reference to its "country-blues picking." Following the performance, Clapton acknowledges the English interest in American music when Cash states that he hears "a lot of down-home country blues in your playing." It was fitting, then, that Carl Perkins, the "King of Rockabilly," joined Clapton and Cash in a rendition of the Perkins classic "Matchbox," also recorded by The Beatles.